NASA Is Going To Change The World With These 18 Amazing Projects
Projects selected by NASA will get the necessary funding to see these amazing inventions brought to life.
Whether we like it or not, NASA plans to drag the human race straight into the future. The space agency is funding 18 studies under the Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program and some of these actually look like they might be truly amazing. These projects are going to determine the feasibility of early-stage technologies and change the possibilities of humans in space. Smart spacesuits, solar surfing tech, and incredibly powerful telescopes are among the few technologies being looked at. More details about the studies can be found here.
The NIAC program plans to study an affordable way to mine the ample ice at the Moon's Polar Regions and also send astronauts to land on the Moon's South Pole in five years. It has also funded a Venusian land rover and a fleet of small satellites that are expected to explore the edges of the solar system and beyond.
Jim Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate said, "Our NIAC program nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions by investing in revolutionary technologies,". He added, "We look to America's innovators to help us push the boundaries of space exploration with new technology."
The awards have been divided in three phases. Phase I studies will be awarded $125,000 for a nine-month period and 12 to 18 awards will be handed out per year. This phase is meant to explore the overall viability and advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the various projects. Eligible recipients of the Phase I awards can propose for a follow-on Phase II study.
Phase II studies will extend for two-years; with six to eight awards every year. An amount of $500,000 will be provided to each project selected.
Phase III will extend the development of a study to the next two years. It will also be the phase where ideas and concepts will be tested for the 'highest potential impact' for NASA and other government agencies. Phase III winners will receive an award of $2 million for a two-year study. Only one award will be handed out per year.
NASA selects Phase I and II proposals through a peer-review process. 2019 will be first year when NASA will select a Phase III research study and provide the mentioned funding to take it to the next level.